The Master of Arts in Studio Art seeks to support artistic growth beyond the level of the baccalaureate. Although the goals for the M.A. reflect those of the M.F.A., the M.A. degree is viewed as an option for studio study, which doesn’t result in a terminal degree in the visual arts.


  • To develop and improve artistic skills in two and three-dimensional art.
  • To promote the candidate’s ability to develop ways of individual inquiry.

M.A. Studio Art students are provided a private studio in the Grace Street Building, a five-minute walk from Duke Hall. Each private studio has a computer with web access. All studio graduates have full access to the studios and equipment located in Duke Hall and the Memorial Hall Art Complex


Candidates must meet the same admission requirements as candidates for the Master of Fine Arts degree. No GRE is required. The Master of Arts in studio art requires a minimum of 30 credit hours. The program of study includes 15 hours of studio in the applicant's area of interest, six hours of art history including three hours of Modern Art since 1945, three hours of Contemporary Art Theory and six hours of elective credit.

Near the end of the program of study, the candidate must produce an exhibition of his/her graduate artwork, a slide portfolio of the exhibition (to be retained by the university) and a written statement clarifying the student’s work, its development and its cultural and historical references. An oral comprehensive examination, generally in conjunction with the exhibition and closely related to the written statement, will also be held.

Students in the MA program may have their exhibition at artWorks Gallery at the Grace Street Center or they may choose to exhibit at other on campus or local off campus venues. If exhibiting at the student galleries, the exhibition needs to be scheduled one semester in advance by contacting the director of the student galleries. A program of study for the Master of Arts degree must be approved by the student’s adviser and art school director before final acceptance. Up to nine hours of graduate transfer credit may be accepted toward the Master of Arts degree, and must meet the same criteria as those accepted for the Master of Fine Arts degree. No more than six hours of transfer credit will be accepted in the candidate’s area of interest. 




Contemporary Art Theory


Modern Art Since 1945


Art History Elective






For more information, please contact:


Cole Welter
Graduate Program Director, Professor of Art
e-mail: welterch@jmu.edu 
Phone: 540.568.6216

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